“Praise”

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Acts 6:8

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{Saint Stephen was one of the first seven deacons. He began to serve the poor and preach to the people about Jesus. More and more people joined the Christians. The high priests of the temple were jealous of Saint Stephen’s successes, and accused him of blasphemy, which means telling lies about God.

They took him in front of a judge, just like they did to Jesus. At the trial, Saint Stephen kept on teaching about Jesus. He told the judges that they were hard-hearted murderers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. When the crowd heard this, everyone became so angry that they stopped the trial, dragged Saint Stephen outside and threw rocks at him.

Saint Stephen forgave the people who were stoning him, and asked God not to punish the people. Then he said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” and died. Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr, the first person to die because he loved Jesus so much that he wouldn’t stop talking about Him.

Saint Stephen is the first Christian martyr. In the Acts of the Apostles, written by Saint Luke, the Evangelist, his faith and martyrdom is described.

There is agate in the wall of Jerusalem called St. Stephen’s gate, and they show you a place just outside the gate, where they say that Stephen, one of the Lord’s disciples, was stoned to death. It is on the east side of Jerusalem, looking toward the Mount of Olives. You would go out by this gate if you were going across the Kidron to Bethany or to Jericho. Stephen was not one of the twelve apostles, but he was working with them. He was one of those who were appointed to give help from the common fund to the widows and others in need. The disciples then had all things in common. }

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